Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Waukesha Judge Bohren Restricts Media From Taking Facial Photos Of Both Geyser And Weier

Morgan Geyser, Anissa E. Weier and Payton Isabella Leutner

Several media associations filed motion to allow facial images to be taken at a Waukesha County court hearing for two 12-year-old suspects charged as adults for stabbing 12-year-old victim 19 times.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 11, 2014

Waukesha, WI - On Tuesday, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael O. Bohren issued a media restriction without a defense motion, which will restrict video or still photos of facial images of both Morgan Geyser, 12, and Anissa E. Weier, 12, each charged with one felony count for first-degree attempted homicide of Payton Isabella Leutner, 12. Leutner's identity was made available by numerous Facebook postings in social media discussing Leutner's horrific May 31 stabbing in Waukesha. Leutner was left to die, but she managed to crawl out of a wooded area near Davids Park and was found by a bicyclist who called police. She survived and is recovering from the stab wounds.
The stabbing was influence by "Slenderman," a fictional character in Creepypasta dot com, according to Geyser, who admitted to stabbing Leutner. Geyser told police that Weier held Leutner down and also stabbed her.
Both the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the Broadcaster's Association on Tuesday filed a "Motion To Reconsider Order Governing Media Coverage" for today's court hearing at 1:15 p.m. in courtroom CG49. Judge Bohren hasn't considered the motion filed by the media associations and his media restriction remains in effect.
A pool of only one photographer and one television news agency will be allowed in Judge Bohren's court room to cover the hearing. All cellphones devices with photo or image taking ability are restricted. A separate room has been reserved for other media to share a pool coverage of the hearing, according to court records.

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